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Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
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Sachin Tendulkar Showed Less Emotions, Virat Kohli Is Aggressive On The Field: Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad said while it would be unfair to label either batsman as someone to be afraid of while commenting on comparing Indian batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. Both had rather contrasting demeanors which resonated throughout their careers.

Former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad has weighed in on the comparison between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, two of the best batsmen produced by India in their respective eras.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. Image source: dailyexcelsior.com

Venkatesh Prasad: Sachin Tendulkar Was Soft While Virat Kohli Is Aggressive On The Field

Venkatesh Prasad said while it would be unfair to label either batsman as someone to be afraid of, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli had rather contrasting demeanors which resonated throughout their careers.

“They are both brilliant individuals honestly speaking. On one side, Sachin was very soft, and of course, Virat comes out aggressive, but it’s not his nature. It’s just on the field because he wants to win and perform in every single game,” Prasad said on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.

Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: PTI)

“So did Sachin. He wanted to do well in every single game. You don’t really see many emotion from Sachin. We never say any, whether he scored a hundred or got out for a duck… whatever. Even when he gets hit, we don’t see much emotion, whereas Virat is someone who likes to express himself.”

Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman in world cricket to hit 100 centuries. Recently, he recovered from COVID-19 and is spending time with his family. In the 2011 World Cup Victory, he became the highest run-scorer with 482 runs at an average of 53.55 in the tournament and he could not stop his tears after this victory.

Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman in history to cross the 34,000 run aggregate in all formats of Cricket on 5th December 2012. In international cricket, he played a total of 657 matches. On 16th March 2012, his much-awaited 100th-century milestone was achieved against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement on 23rd December 2012 from ODI Cricket.

His 24 year-long marvellous cricket career came to an end on 16 November 2013 when he announced his retirement. In December 2012, he played his last ODI match, and in 2013, the last T20I match. His 200th Test match against West Indies on 16th November 2013 was his adieu to the cricketing world as a player.

Venkatesh Prasad Recalled An Incident When Sachin Tendulkar Was Hit By A Wasim Akram Delivery, Was Unnerved, Showed No Reaction And Hit Next Ball For 6

Venkatesh Prasad, who played alongside and under Sachin Tendulkar in the 1990s and early 2000s shared an instance when the former India batsman would remain calm even after getting rattled by a Wasim Akram.

Looking back at one of the most famous India-Pakistan encounters, Venkatesh Prasad recalled when Sachin Tendulkar was floored by the Pakistan pacer swing great Wasim Akram bouncer, but came up with the best possible reply as if nothing had happened.

“One incident I would like to narrate here. Sachin once got hit in Sharjah with the new ball and Wasim Akram was bowling. He gets hit on his helmet. It was a quick ball, probably bowled at 145ish. So, he didn’t expect it, and by the time he reacted, he got hit on his helmet. And he just walks towards the leg umpire and shakes his head. Nothing, he doesn’t do anything. He doesn’t even remove the helmet, just holds his visor and gets the helmet in place,” Prasad narrated.

File image of former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram | AFP / Ishara S Kodikara
File image of former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram | AFP / Ishara S Kodikara

“He comes back and takes the strike and the second ball… it’s a new ball and Sachin is opening. The second ball again, Wasim bowls a bouncer. Same typical pace, same length and it’s coming at the height of his head. Perfectly targeted but Sachin hits it for a six. Again, no reaction from Sachin.”

Venkatesh Prasad then imagined how Virat Kohli would have reacted to the same scenario playing the game today, and it couldn’t be further from how Sachin Tendulkar tackled his situations.

“Probably Virat, if he had got the same thing, after scoring a six, he would pump his fist or stare stared at the bowler. They are two different people, two different characters and both are extremely important for the game to really flourish,” Prasad explained.

On the other hand, the pacer said, Virat Kohli, the current Indian captain who is chasing Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records, is much more expressive in nature, and makes everyone privy to his mood; nonetheless, both the batting masters played the game to win it for their team.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
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Sachin Tendulkar Hospitalised As A Precautionary Measure Six Days After Testing COVID-19 Positive

Sachin Tendulkar who tweeted on Friday morning, that he’s shifted to the hospital almost a week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 left the batting legend’s fans in panic mode.

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, has been admitted to the hospital. Sachin Tendulkar tweeted on Friday that he decided to go to a hospital in Mumbai “as a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice”.

Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter

Sachin Tendulkar Hospitalized For Testing Covid-19 Positive As Covid-19 Cases Increase In Maharastra

Sachin Tendulkar, 47, shared the news at a time when India is staring at what experts have called a “deadlier second wave”. India reported 81,466 news cases and 469 deaths on Thursday – the highest daily spike since December.

The country’s Covid caseload had dropped sharply in January when it was reporting less than 15,000 cases daily. But cases began to spike again in March, largely driven by poor test-and-trace and lax safety protocols. Many of the new cases were reported in the western state of Maharashtra, where Sachin Tendulkar lives in city of Mumbai.
Sachin Tendulkar File photo | SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP
Sachin Tendulkar File photo | SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP
Since the pandemic began, India has confirmed more than 12.2 million cases and over 163,000 deaths. It has the third-highest number of infections in the world after the United States and Brazil – however, its number of deaths per capita is far lower.

“Thank you for your wishes and prayers. As a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice, I have been hospitalized. I hope to be back home in a few days. Take care and stay safe everyone. Wishing all Indians and my teammates on the 10th anniversary of our World Cup win,” Tendulkar tweeted.

Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday he has been hospitalized as a precautionary measure, six days after he tested positive for coronavirus.

Sachin Tendulkar Hospitalized Only As A Precautionary Measure: Atul Ranade

However, in the evening, childhood friend Atul Ranade, who speaks to the retired maestro daily, confirmed that the doctors hospitalized Sachin Tendulkar only as a “precautionary measure.”

“It’s good that he got hospitalized because it’s much better to monitor him in the hospital. He had persistent borderline symptoms (for covid), so it was necessary. With all the machines available there, they can monitor his health parameters properly,” Ranade told TOI.

According to sources, Sachin Tendulkar, a ‘Bharat Ratna,’ has been admitted to the HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Girgaon in South Mumbai. It’s the same hospital where Rashmi Thackeray, wife of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, was admitted to on Tuesday.

File image of former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram | AFP / Ishara S Kodikara
File image of former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram | AFP / Ishara S Kodikara

Meanwhile, wishes for a speedy recovery poured in for Sachin Tendulkar. Former cricketers Pragyan Ojha, RP Singh, and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah also sent their wishes to Sachin Tendulkar.

“I wish him a super-fast recovery,” batting legend Sunil Gavaskar told TOI.

Sachin Tendulkar’s childhood friend and former Mumbai and India teammate Vinod Kambli tweeted: “On this #GoodFriday, my family and I have prayed for you, my friend. Looking forward to see you soon even healthier than before!”

From across the border, former Pakistan skipper and pace bowling great Wasim Akram, who had many memorable on-field cricketing battles with the ‘Master Blaster,’ tweeted: “Even when you were 16, you battled the world’s best bowlers with guts and aplomb… so I am sure you will hit Covid-19 for a SIX! Recover soon master! Would be great if you celebrate India’s World Cup 2011 anniversary with doctors and hospital staff… do send me a pic!”

Reliving one of his ‘favourite rivalries’, Shoaib Akhtar tweeted a picture of himself with the batting legend from a one-day match and also wished the Master Blaster a speedy recovery from COVID-19. After former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram sent his warm wishes for the Indian batsman, all-rounder Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to express his wishes to the leading run-scorer in international cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar recently led India Legends to victory at the Road Safety World Series. India Legends beat Sri Lanka Legends in the final of the tournament to lift the inaugural title. Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, and Irfan Pathan also tested positive for COVID after playing in the tournament for India Legends.

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Wasim Akram Applauds Bold, Brave And Boisterous India For Winning Test Series 2-1

Wasim Akram, former Pakistan captain and skipper applauded Indian team for their remarkable turnaround in the Test series against Australia.

India beat Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final 4th Test of the series without any frontline bowler at invincible Gabba on Tuesday to take the series 2-1 and retain Border Gavaskar Trophy.

Wasim Akram.
Wasim Akram. Image Credit: AFP.

Wasim Akram: Incredible Test & Series Win For India

Wasim Akram, who is one the best pace bowlers cricket has ever seen, said he hasn’t seen a bold, brave, and boisterous Asian side on a tougher tour of Australia before this remarkable achievement.

“Incredible Test & series win for India have not seen a bold, brave and boisterous Asian team on a tougher tour of Australia. No adversity could stop them, frontline players injured, & won after a remarkable turn around from the depths of 36 all out, inspiring for others. kudos India,” Wasim Akram tweeted.

 

India Wins Against Australia
India Wins Against Australia

The last time a visiting team came out triumphant from the Brisbane Cricket Ground was back in November 1988 when the mighty West Indian outfit under the leadership of Viv Richards thrashed Allan Border’s team by 9 wickets.

Indian Win Was Even More Commendable As They Were Without Key Players

The feat is even more commendable is the Indians fought multiple injuries to key players and mental fatigue – due to the bio-bubble restrictions — to register a historic win.

India were without services of talismanic skipper Virat Kohli who headed home on paternity leave after 1st Test while Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin injured themselves during the Test series and weren’t there for 4th Test.

The likes of KL Rahul and Ishant Sharma were also injured which meant India’s bench strength was tested. But the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur rose to the occasion.

Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur
Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur

In the first Test against Australia, India was bundled out for their lowest ever Test score of 36 and there were many experts who said the visiting team will face a 4-0 drubbing. But India proved every critic wrong as the Ajinkya Rahane-led side registered famous victories at Melbourne and Brisbane.

The side also recorded a famous draw at Sydney and at every stage, this line-up overcame adversity. India’s memorable win has also ensured they toppled Australia in the ICC Test Team Rankings to claim the second spot. India are at the top of ICC World Test Championship (2019-21) points table with 430 points playing 5 series and 13 Tests during the period winning 9 and losing 3 while 1 match was drawn.

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Wasim Akram Is My Idol: Junaid Khan

Junaid Khan has revealed that legendary left-arm seamer Wasim Akram was his idol growing up.

Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis formed one of the most formidable bowling partnerships in cricket history and tormented opposition batsmen for years.

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Junaid Khan Names Wasim Akram As His Idol

Wasim Akram featured in 104 Tests and took 414 wickets averaging 23.62. He is also the second-highest wicket-taker in ODI history as he claimed 502 wickets in 356 matches at an average of 23.52.

Junaid Khan
Junaid Khan (Credits: Getty)

“Wasim Akram, he’s my idol,” the 31-year-old said on Twitter.

Wasim Akram is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets, with 502 in total. Wasim Akram is currently the highest wicket taker for Pakistan in Tests with 414 wickets.

Following the recurrence of a knee injury to pacer Sohail Tanvir, the uncapped Junaid Khan was added in Pakistan’s squad for the 2011 World Cup. He did not play a single match in the tournament and waited till April 2011 for his ODI debut. Junaid Khan played 22 Tests, 76 ODIs and 9 T20Is where he has 71, 110 and 8 wickets respectively.

He last played Test in 2014, T20I in 2014 and ODI in 2019 after debuting in 2011. He was also named as part of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ at the 2017 Champions Trophy by the ICC and Cricbuzz. In April 2019, he was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup but on 20 May 2019, he was dropped from Pakistan’s squad, after they announced their final team for the tournament.

Junaid Khan Prefers Shaheen Shah Afridi And Said Pakistan Fought Well In 1st Test Against New Zealand

Junaid Khan admitted that he prefers fellow Pakistan left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi over India speedster Jasprit Bumrah. Junaid Khan was asked to choose between the duo, who are among the top bowlers in the world right now, during a question and answer session on Twitter.

Faheem Ashraf Faheem Ashraf (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The 31-year-old pacer said Pakistan fought well in 1st Test against New Zealand and praised performances of Mohammad Rizwan who scored vital fifties in both innings and Faheem Ashraf who scored 91 in 1st innings and Fawad Alam who scored a ton in a lost cause as Pakistan lost the Test by 101 runs. Fawad Alam who made a comeback after about 10 years scored his second ton and his first after debut Test.

Sachin Tendulkar,
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Mitchell Starc’s Wrist Position Was Missing For A While: Sachin Tendulkar

Mitchell Starc’s wrist position during the ongoing Boxing Day Test against India was praised by legendary Indian former batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Twitter.

Back in 2012, during the pacer’s younger playing days, he credited Pakistan bowling legend, Wasim Akram for helping him improve his wrist position. He said that invaluable tips gained from the legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram helped him to swing the ball consistently.

Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram
Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mitchell Starc records 250 Test wickets

Incidentally, the Australian pacer was able to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar during the Test series that was ongoing back then and credited Wasim Akram for his feat.

Starc’s quote from 2012 read: “It was a brief chat. I had the opportunity to catch up with him in Sydney. It was about wrist position to get the ball to swing consistently. I hope to catch up with him again. He is a genius and chatting with him would not do any harm.”

 

During the second day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against team India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the left-arm pacer broke yet another record by taking his 250th Test wicket in his 59th Test to surpass Aussie legend Richie Bernaud who retired with 248 wickets besides his name.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mitchell Starc’s 250th Test scalp was Indian youngster wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, who the speedster removed in the 11th over of the Indian innings during the second day’s play of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

He picked up Mayank Agarwal’s wicket overnight who was plumb before wicket before dismissing Rishabh Pant who was caught by wicket-keeper skipper Tim Paine.

Rishabh Pant’s wicket was crucial for Australia as he was looking good while scoring 29 and had added 57 runs with Ajinkya Rahane for the fifth wicket.  But Ajinkya Rahane had the last laugh by scoring an unbeaten ton as India at 277/5 have taken a lead of 82 runs in 1st innings at stumps.

Mitchell Starc’s teammate, off-spinner Nathan Lyon is now just eight wickets short of taking 400 wickets. Shane Warne (708 wickets), Glenn McGrath (563), Nathan Lyon (392 and playing), Dennis Lillee (355), Mitchell Johnson (313), Brett Lee (310), Craig McDermott (291) and Jason Gillespie (259) are the Australians who are currently ahead of Mitchell Starc in terms of wickets.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon. Getty Images

Mitchell Starc is now the 9th all-time leading wicket-taker for Australia – a huge feat in itself for the pace sensation. He has 6 wickets so far in the ongoing Test series having picked up 4/53 in India’s 1st innings in 1st Test. He went wicketless in 2nd innings as Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins wreaked havoc and picked all nine wickets to dismiss India to their lowest ever Test score of 36 in 2nd innings of 1st Test.

Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath. Credits: AFP
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Glenn McGrath Picks Top Five ODI Bowlers, Includes Only One Spinner

Glenn McGrath, who played international cricket for 14 years, was one of the premier pacers for Australia. He is still the all-time leading wicket-taker for the Aussies in ODI cricket; having 381 wickets to his name. The Australian great has picked up his top five ODI bowlers. Among which, four are pacers, and only one is a spinner.

McGrath put forth the names while speaking ahead of Australia’s third and final ODI against India on Wednesday, December 2 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Glenn McGrath Picks Top Five ODI Bowlers, Includes Only One Spinner 1
Brett Lee. Image Credit: Twitter.

McGrath has named the Pakistan legend Wasim Akram in his list. One of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the game, Akram, has 502 ODI wicket in his name. He is the highest wicket-taker for his country in the shorter formats. Then McGrath went for fellow countryman Brett Lee, who has 380 wickets. Lee, who made his ODI debut in 2000 and played until 2012, had given several top-notch and memorable performances.

The next pacer in Glenn McGrath’s list is Sri Lanka’s all-time leading ODI wicket-taker Chaminda Vaas. He has picked up a hat-trick in the first over of the 2003 World Cup match against Bangladesh. In 322 ODIs, he has notched 400 wickets, including nine four-wicket hauls and four five-wicket hauls.

Muttiah Muralitharan only spinner in Glenn McGrath pick:

Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

As for the fourth pacer, the former Australian cricket has zeroed in Shaun Pollock. The former South African pacer picked up 393 wickets from 303 ODIs. He holds the record for taking the most number of ODI wickets when playing on home soil.

The lone spinner on Glenn McGrath’s list is Muttiah Muralitharan, who is one of the best spinners in the cricket world. He is also the one to have the highest ODI wickets in his name in this list, i.e., 534. Moreover, he had an economy rate of 3.93, which meant that he was accurate and hardly allowed looseners to the batters.

Glenn McGrath’s top 5 ODI bowlers

Wasim Akram- 502 wickets, Muttiah Muralitharan- 534 wickets, Brett Lee- 380 wickets, Chaminda Vaas- 400 wickets, Shaun Pollock- 393 wickets

Karachi Kings Won PSL 2020
Karachi Kings Won PSL 2020
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Karachi Kings Dedicate PSL 2020 Title Win To Late Dean Jones

Karachi Kings restricted Lahore Qalandars to 134 for 7 in 20 overs and then chased down the target comfortably losing only 5 wickets in 19th over thanks to Babar Azam’s unbeaten fifty in the final of Pakistan Super League 2020. Skipper Imad Wasim, who took a wicket conceding six runs in two overs and remained unbeaten on 10 after hitting winning runs for the Kings.

Dean Jones was a much-loved and respected figure in Pakistan and was appointed Karachi King’s coach before the commencement of PSL 2020 in March. Wasim Akram stepped in as a replacement coach of Karachi Kings in the playoffs after the sudden demise of Dean Jones while covering as a commentator for IPL 2020.

Karachi Kings Skipper Imad Wasim
Karachi Kings Skipper Imad Wasim

Karachi Kings Win Should Be Credited To Dean Jones: Imad Wasim Says It’s Honor To Captain

Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim and coach-cum-mentor Wasim Akram both dedicated their team’s maiden Pakistan Super League title to the late commentator and coach Dean Jones after they beat Lahore Qalandars in the PSL 2020 final on Tuesday.

Dean Jones, popularly known as ‘Professor Deano’, was appointed the team’s coach before the start of PSL 2020 in March, just before the coronavirus pandemic forced all sports to come to a halt as various cricketing and sporting events were either postponed or cancelled.

Dean Jones
Dean Jones. Image Credit: Twitter

“Dean Jones, of course, gets credit because what he taught us, very few coaches in the world can. Wasim Akram, of course, deserves the trophy because he was our bowling coach, head coach, mentor and team president rolled in one. It’s an honour to captain this franchise,” Imad said.

The 59-year-old former Australian cricketer died of a sudden heart attack in Mumbai on September 24 while he was covering the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 as a broadcaster. Wasim Akram stepped in as a replacement for him at Karachi Kings in the playoffs.

Karachi Kings Dedicate PSL 2020 Win To Dean Jones And Pakistan Fans; Wasim Akram Congratulates Imad Wasim

In the final, Karachi Kings restricted Lahore to 134 for 7 in 20 overs and then chase down the target in 18.4 overs largely due to opener Babar Azam’s unbeaten fifty-

“Hi guys, Karachi Kings are the champions. It’s for Dean Jones and of course for the fans of Karachi, you have been waiting for this for 5 years. Congratulations Karachi Kings and our skipper Imad Wasim, well done,” Wasim Akram said in a special video message after the game.

Wasim Akram, ICC World Cup, India, Pakistan, Old Trafford, Manchester
Wasim Akram. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Chasing 135 for victory, opener Babar Azam led the way for the home team scoring 63 not out off 49 balls comprising 7 boundaries to cross the finish line with 8 balls to spare. This was his second match-winning fifty in a row after the 65 against Multan Sultan in the qualifier, which also came in a successful run chase. Karachi Kings won the Super Over in the match against Multan after scores were tied.

Earlier, Lahore Qalandar’s lineup packed with power-hitters stuttered against Karachi King’s all-Pakistan bowling attack led by Umaid Asif (2/18), Waqas Maqsood (2/18) and Arshad Iqbal (2/26) to post a below-par 134 for 7 on the stipulated 20 overs after opting to bat first in the summit clash. Apart from openers Tamim Iqbal and Fakhar Zaman, the rest of Lahore batsmen failed to score more than 15.

Babar Azam scored 473 runs in 12 games averaging 59.12 with 5 fifties to top batting charts.

Kamran Akmal
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Babar Azam Needs To Be Consistent As Virat Kohli: Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain and pace bowler has said that though Pakistan batting mainstay Babar Azam is an exceptional talent but he needs to be consistent to be compared to India captain Virat Kohli.

Babar Azam is the only player to be among the top five ICC rankings across all formats isn’t as experienced as Virat Kohli having debuted much later in 2015. He has featured in 29 Tests, 76 ODIs and 41 T20Is where he averages 45.45, 54.84 and 49.93 respectively.

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram. Image Credit: AFP.

Wasim Akram : Babar Azam Is Exceptional And Showed Excellence But In Patches

Former Pakistan skipper and legendary pace bowler Wasim Akram has said that though Pakistan’s batsman Babar Azam is exceptional but he need to be consistent to be compared to India captain Virat Kohli. Babar Azam has 5 Test and 11 ODI centuries whereas Virat Kohli has 70 centuries having debuted in 2008 for India.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“I wouldn’t like to make any comparison but having said that, I would like to add that Babar Azam is an exceptional talent, he has shown his excellence in all formats, but in patches. I would be very happy if he can see the comparison positively and becomes consistent in his performance like Kohli,” he told ANI.

Babar Azam was the leading Test run-scorer for Pakistan in both 2018 and 2019, leading ODI scorer for the team in 2016, 2017 and 2019 and 2nd highest T20I scorer of the world in 2017 and leading scorer for the team in 2019.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has featured in 86 Tests, 248 ODIs and 82 T20Is where he averages 53.63, 59.34 and 50.8  respectively which is comparatively more than Babar Azam.

Wasim Akram Wished Pakistan Youngsters To Be Part Of Indian Premier League

Wasim Akram who will be part of the Galle Gladiators’ franchise in the Lanka Premier League also said that he wishes to see India and Pakistan players featuring in each others T20 leagues.

“I have always believed that sports shouldn’t be a victim of politics but that is a government subject of both countries and it won’t be apt for me to say anything. But as you said in the question itself, yes IPL is one of the most competitive domestic leagues in the cricketing world and I wish Pakistan youngsters get to be a part of it and I also wish to see Indian players playing in PSL,” he said.

Pakistan Super League
Pakistan Super League (Credits: Twitter)

 

On being asked about the future of sports in the aftermath of coronavirus, he mentioned that there is a rise in spectators as they are hungry to watch the live-action.

“The opening match of the IPL this season was watched by approximately 20 crore people making it the most-watched opening day in any sporting league ever. Sri Lanka too has been devoid of any sporting events during this period, so what better way than to embrace the new normal with the most loved sports in the country. I have no doubt that response of fans to events like this is a huge boost to the sports and the organizers,” he pointed.

Several sporting events were cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 including the proposed T20 World Cup which was scheduled in Australia in 2020 but was postponed to 2021 in India while IPL too was postponed and moved abroad due to rising coronavirus cases in India

Trent Boult. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Trent Boult Tags Wasim Akram As His Idol

Trent Boult, one of the best pacers of the modern era, has named Pakistan‘s great former bowler Wasim Akram as his inspiration to become the fast bowler.

Wasim Akram, the legendary cricketer, is indeed the best speedster that Pakistan has ever produced. His lethal bowling had ruled the opposition for many years.

Wasim Akram,
Akram. Photo Credit: Reuters.

New Zealand’s pacer spearhead Trent Boult picked Wasim Akram’s name when one fan asked him during an interaction on Instagram to name his idol who inspired him to take up fast bowling.

Boult said that he had a lot of idols but who had the most impression on him was Wasim Akram’s swing bowling. He said that no one could move the ball as the former cricketer did.

“I have a lot of idols but this guy definitely inspired me to swing the ball! No one could move the ball like he could! @wasimakramliveofficial,” said Boult.

Trent Boult shares a tip for budding pacers

Trent Boult
Trent Boult. Credits: Getty Images

Trent Boult also shared a tip to the aspirant cricketers who want to become fast bowlers. He mentioned two important characteristics to become a successful pacer – one is run up and getting through the crease. He also shared a drill to get the correct line and length.

“For me…the keys are two things- Run up and getting through the crease. The best drill for young kids is to get a long piece of string and lining it up all the way to the keeper. Then practice running and bowling straight along the line! Pace comes with practice!” he said.

Meanwhile, Trent Boult will be preparing to play in the much-awaited IPL 2020 for Mumbai Indians in the UAE. The upcoming IPL edition is his maiden stint for the four-time IPL winners. He has played for Delhi Capitals in the past edition.

Joe Root, Azhar Ali
Joe Root with Azhar Ali (Credits: Twitter)
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Joe Root Responds After Wasim Akram Says England Owe Pakistan Reciprocal Tour

All eyes are on England over whether they will tour Pakistan in 2022 for a scheduled tour after the latter have visited them in testing times. Both the teams are currently involved in a three-match Test series and will later play the same number of T20Is. Pakistan’s decision to tour England amid the pandemic has helped ECB save their home season in these tough times.

England have not travelled to Pakistan since 2005-06 due to security concerns following the terrorist attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team in 2009. But things have started changing in recent years. The likes of Zimbabwe, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have visited Pakistan for bilateral series. PCB has also hosted PSL in Pakistan in the last couple of years.

England are scheduled to tour Pakistan in 2022 to play three Tests and five One-day Internationals. Earlier this week, Pakistan great Wasim Akram said that England owe Pakistan a reciprocal tour in 2022.

“You boys owe Pakistan cricket, and the country, a lot, with the boys coming over here. They’ve been here almost two and half months in the bio-secure environment,” Wasim told Sky Sports Cricket.

Joe Root responds to Wasim Akram:

While only time will tell how things unfold in the future,  England captain Joe Root has said he “would love” to play in Pakistan. However, he also stated that he is unsure when the space could be found in a crowded schedule ahead of a planned tour in 2022.

“I’d love to go and visit Pakistan,” Joe Root told reporters.

“It would be a great opportunity to go and play there personally. Unfortunately, it’s not my decision to make but it looks a wonderful country to go and play cricket in. The wickets look nice and flat, which will be a nice change to what we have just played on here,” he added.

Joe Root
Joe Root. Image Credit: Getty Images.

He further expressed his concern over how additional fixtures could be added to an international programme still struggling with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve such a busy schedule already with backlogging due to COVID, it will be interesting to see how that would work,” he said.

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